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The Impact of the Marikana Massacre: ‘Plus ca change, plus c’est la même chose’
Context This August 2022 will be the 10th year of the Marikana Massacre. After a week of protracted protest, on August 16, 2012, South African Police shot at labourers of a platinum mine, resulting in 34 fatalities and 78 injuries. Marikana platinum mine, lying 90 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg, is owned by London based Lonmin Group, and the group employs 29,000 workers in South Africa.[1] This horrific incident, caused by police violence, is reminiscent of the Sharpeville Massacre of March 1960.
“Victory Day” Parade: One year of a Pyrrhic Victory for the Taliban
The impact of the Taliban’s one-year rule in Afghanistan differs across regions and countries. The impression on South Asia was more distinct than on any other region. In South Asia, Pakistan and Afghanistan bore the burden of the Taliban’s takeover in the form of rising militant violence in the border regions, victorious jihadist narratives, cross-border flow of refugees, struggling economies and human rights violations. The extremist narratives increased rampantly around the South Asian region.
The Future of Ground Based Air Defence

Setting the Perspective

Introduction
This work carries the author’s perception of the required ‘future face of the nation’s Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) which will be capable of countering the futuristic threats from our potential adversaries.
India's Clean Energy Transition
In this episode of the VIF podcast, Mr PK Khup Hangzo, Associate Fellow and Ambassador DP Srivastava, Distinguished Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation discuss the ongoing clean energy transition and what it means for India and the world going forward. Clean energy transition refers to a shift from fossil-based systems of energy production and consumption - including oil, natural gas and coal - to renewable energy sources like wind and solar, as well as lithium-ion batteries.
Biden’s visit to M.E., Energy Crisis and Recession
The sharp increase in oil prices following the Ukraine war brought President Biden to Saudi Arabia. This was seen as a departure from the position taken by candidate Biden during his election campaign when he had criticized the Crown Prince and threatened to make the Saudi Kingdom a pariah state. The Crown Prince promised an increase in production. But the increase of 1,00,000 barrels per day announced subsequently by OPEC +[1] was rather disappointing. It was the smallest increase by that grouping in recent years.
Financial Stability Board of the G20: Emerging Vulnerabilities to Global Financial Stability
Set up by the G20 in 2009, the Financial Stability board (FSB) is venerable institution with a responsibility to assess the vulnerabilities in the global financial system and suggest measures to deal with them. It coordinates the actions of the central banks and international standards setting bodies and develops effective regulatory, supervisory, and other financial sector policies that promote financial stability.
Kishida Needs to Explain Japan’s Nuclear Future – Part II
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s tasks are cut out. He has to navigate between his anti-nuclear position as a native of Hiroshima and adopting a pragmatic approach on the country’s security. When he addressed the NPT Review Conference in New York, he stressed on striking a balance between the harsh reality of the prevailing security environment and a world without nuclear weapons. What Kishida lacked was elaborating the details of the roadmap he has in mind for an ideal world.
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